The reaction to the 9/11 attacks by the Americans has been irrational and excessive. The US officials, people and the media has reacted excessively to these attacks and has caused fear in the people under attack. This has made the acts of the terrorism more than successful, because their acts were not only successful but the people have also unknowingly cooperated with them in generating and spreading fear, and further disrupting their normal lives. The 9/11 attacks are repeated thousands and thousands of times by the media, and this is creating excessively fear in the minds of people.
The writer says that more than 3000 people had died from the attacks. In an earthquake in India in the same year, more than 20, 000 people lost their lives. However, the fear and the panic from earthquakes are much less than that from terrorists attacks. Earlier it was anticipated that far more people had died from the 9/11 attacks. However, later, the figures were less than anticipated. The author compares the number who died from the 9/11 to those who died from road traffic accidents in the US.
The writer mentions that far more people die from road traffic accidents every month than from the 9/11 attacks. The author feels that automobiles may be more dangerous than terrorists, as more people die from them than terrorists. I do completely agree with the writer in this regard, because the fear, anxiety and panic generated from the 9/11 attacks have been excessive and irrational. There is a strong link between the evidences provided by the writer (the Indian earthquake and the American road traffic deaths figures). These premises are inductively strong.
I even agree with the writer when he says that the expenditure and the disruptive practices to curb terrorist attacks have been irrational. However, I also do feel we still do not have foolproof technology and strategies that can effective identify the risk of a terrorist attack and help prevent it. The premises are plausible true, but other issues such as the extent to which terrorist attacks could potentially affect human lives also need to be considered, and all measures need to be taken in order to prevent such serious terrorist threats (even if it involves some amount of non-cooperation from the public).
2. The writers also mentions of certain random searches on elderly women who were boarding aero planes from Laramie, Wyoming. The writer considers this to be an effective mean of embarrassing these women rather than stopping terrorism. The Writer feels that if certain practices and requirements were implemented which could have directly resulted in a reduction of terrorism then the problem could have been better sorted out. These measures would only create panic, fear and disharmony in the public.
The measures do not seem to be relevant. Such measures as searching passengers excessively and inappropriately do not only seem to be ineffective in reducing terrorism but also would be were expensive on public funds. Firstly, the age of the person needs to be considered. There is a very low chance that such old women would be involved in terrorism. Secondly, technology is currently available at airports to screen the content of baggage (using automated imaging devices).
Physically searching these women’s baggage would not only mean taking certain irrational precautions but also subjecting them to embarrassment and disharmony. This has especially developed following the 9/11 attacks fear generated. The premises do sufficiently support the conclusion, in that the actions of the airport officials were only to embarrass the women rather than stop terrorism. The arguments in this case are deductively valid, as the women can be subjected to more effective procedures. The premises in this case are true.